Yoga & Addiction

Yoga was originally developed as a healthy alternative to deal with stress and works by focusing on treating the mind and body simultaneously in an effect to achieve a union of body, mind, and spirit.    Throughout the years, yoga has grown in popularity due to the evidence in regard to its mental and physical health benefits.

Studies show that yoga can help relieve anxiety.  Most addicts react with extreme behavior due to pent up emotions, self-loathing, shame, etc, and engage in destructive behaviors because they do not know how to handle their emotions properly.  Yoga helps to teach an addict how to relax and control these emotions.  Breathing, correct posture and meditation exercises help to aid a recovering addict when dealing with the stresses of recovery.  Research has also shown the combination of mindfulness and yoga can provide energy, satisfaction, and stability on an addict’s road to recovery.

As a result of yoga is an effective form of exercise, it can also increase self-esteem and reduce depression in people recovering from addiction.  This is especially true for people whose drug addiction has the result in poor physical health.  The ability to socialize in a group of people where the main focus is not drugs or alcohol, as well as the spiritual component, can further benefit those struggling with addiction.


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